Endicott Finishes CCC Play Undefeated, Secures Top Sports In Tournament

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Following a 15-4 win this afternoon over Gordon College, the Endicott College men’s lacrosse team capped its regular season with a perfect 8-0 ledger in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play, along with the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

The CCC Tournament will commence this Saturday, April 29th with a pair of first-round games with the winners advancing to next Wednesday’s (May 3rd) semifinals.

The championship will occur a week from this Saturday – that would be Saturday, May 6th, to be exact – with the winner securing the conference’s automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Will Jennings highlighted his team’s final regular season outing, netting five goals, while dishing out a pair of assists. Colin Bannon concluded the contest with two goals and two assists, Will Clark recorded a hat trick and Tommy Hughes won 15 of 17 face-offs.

Endicott outshot Gordon, 45-37, while scooping 48 ground balls, including 15 in the second session.

Gordon, which concluded its 2017 season this afternoon, received a team-high two goals from Thor Rasmussen.

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NECC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Preview: Can Regis Repeat?

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Regis College men’s lacrosse enters the NECC Tournament as the top seed, but also the defending tournament champions. (PHOTO CREDIT: Regis College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

After finishing league play undefeated, Regis College men’s lacrosse will look to capture its second-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) postseason crown this week when they open tournament play tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th against fourth-seed Mitchell College.

Regis defeated Mitchell in its season finale last Saturday, thanks to a combined 12 points from AJ Karofsky (four goals and two assists) and Calvin Brault (four goals and two assists).

A win for the Pride would send them to Saturday’s (Apr. 29th) championship game against either Daniel Webster (second seed) or Becker College (third seed).

The Eagles and Hawks will also begin tournament play tomorrow, competing in New Hampshire with face-off set for 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Webster, which lost just one league contest this season, will face Becker for the second time in four days. The Eagles soared past the Hawks last Saturday by a score of 7-1, thanks to a pair of goals and assists from Gavin Abbott, who is current sixth in the league in goals (24). Tre Mason (Daniel Webster) leads all NECC scorers with 38 goals.

Last season, Regis captured its first-ever NECC Tournament crown, defeating Becker in the championship game by a score of 10-6. The four-goal victory capped the team’s best season in program history as Regis finished its campaign with 13 wins.

Noontime’s Prediction: Regis maybe the favorite heading into this year’s tournament, but I certainly would not overlook Daniel Webster or Becker, two teams that were edged by the Pride earlier this season by one goal. The Pride needed an extra session to beat the Hawks, while its defense dashed a fourth quarter rally against the Eagles.

I’ll take Regis over Mitchell and Daniel Webster over Becker. In the championship game, I’ll take the Eagles over the Pride. 

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King’s Five Goals Sends Clark Past Babson, 14-9

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Clark University sophomore Brandon Kings celebrates one of his five goals against Babson College on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

BABSON PARK – Clark University sophomore Brandon King has been a tough match-up this season for his team’s opponents, according to his head coach Jeff Cohen.

And against Babson College (6-7, 2-3) on Saturday, King continued his impressive play, netting five goals, including four in the second half, which helped the Cougars (11-3, 5-0) claim an important 14-9 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

“In league (play), he is a tough match-up,” Cohen said of King following his team’s 11th win of the season. “He’s a tough match-up.”

King, who deposited his team’s initial goal of the contest, appeared unstoppable in the second half, netting a pair of goals in the third and fourth quarter, including a diving strike late in the final session, which was set-up by junior Will Mandracchia.

King’s final goal sewed-up an impressive victory for the Cougars, who snapped a 20-game losing streak to the Beavers, dating back to their initial meeting in 1994.

Babson and Clark swapped goals throughout the opening two stanzas with neither team pushing ahead by more than one or two goals. And despite a one-goal (7-6) lead at the break by Clark, the trend continued for a majority of the third quarter before senior Isaac Bass jumpstarted a three-goal run that helped the visitors push ahead for good.

Clark would tack on three more goals in the fourth, while Babson deposited just one strike during the final 10 minutes.

“I thought we really started clicking and things were going our way in the third,” said Cohen. “I thought early on, maybe nerves, maybe teams playing each other out, but the second half saw (the game) get more competitive and we were fortunate enough that the ball bounced our way at times.”

The win extends Clark’s current winning-streak to six games, which dates back a late March victory over Plymouth State. It also keeps the Cougars atop of the NEWMAC standings with two games remaining.

Clark, which returns home for its final two contests of the regular season, will host Springfield College on Wednesday (Apr. 26th) and Emerson College on Saturday (Apr. 29th).

Springfield trails Clark by half a game for the top spot. This afternoon, they scored a hard-fought 7-6 win over Wheaton College.

Cohen, who is in his eighth season with the Cougars, credits his senior class for the position the Cougars are currently in. A win over the Pride would most likely provide Clark with the top-seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament.

“We’re fortunate the ball is bouncing our way, but we give credit to the seniors, they’re working their tails off,” said Cohen. “They’re an extremely dedicated group and all I do is ask more of them, so I am glad things are working out and good things are happening for them.”

D3Lax Weekend Watch (Apr. 22nd-23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s the weekend! As part of our remaining regular season (and soon-to-be tournament coverage), here are the games we’ll be watching this weekend in New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse.

Remember to stay connected with us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) for scores, updates and news from around the New England D3 lacrosse world.

  • Curry at Salve Regina, 12 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Endicott at Bowdoin, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Mount Ida at Anna Maria, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Johnson & Wales at St. Joseph’s (Maine), 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Clark at Babson, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Tufts at Wesleyan, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Amherst at Williams, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Regis at Mitchell, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Husson at Lyndon State, 1:30 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Becker at Daniel Webster, 3 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Plymouth State at UMass Boston, 3 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Maine Maritime at New England College, 4 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Johnson State at Husson, 2:30 p.m. (Apr. 23rd)

Mass. H.S. Lax: CM, Foxboro Set To Tangle In 2017 Chowda Cup Final Saturday

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The 2017 Chowda Cup Final will pit Foxboro against Catholic Memorial. (PHOTO CREDIT: chefshares.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

If you’re free tomorrow, Saturday, April 22nd, to be exact, and near Braintree High School, then I highly recommend you stopping by/checking out the 2017 Chowda Cup Final between Foxborough and Catholic Memorial, which is scheduled to commence at 4:00 p.m.

Both teams earned spots in this weekend’s championship after claiming back-to-back wins earlier this week in the opening and second rounds.

Foxboro scored back-to-back wins over Mansfield and Norwell, while Catholic Memorial beat Hanover and Scituate. CM’s win over the Sailors was a hard-fought 10-9 overtime victory, while the Warriors (Foxborough) won both of their games by one-goal.

Below is tomorrow’s schedule, courtesy of Scituate boys lacrosse coach Mark Puzzangara:

 

Game of the Week Preview: Babson vs. Clark (Saturday, Apr. 22nd at 1 p.m.)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

 

It should be an exciting day of lacrosse in Babson Park tomorrow (Saturday, April 22nd) as Babson College host Clark University in a marque New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tilt, which is scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m.

Noontime Sports will be covering the game, live from Babson Park and fans are encouraged to follow along with our in-game updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports).

GAME OUTLOOK: The Cougars enter the contest riding an impressive five-game winning streak, including a recent 12-6 victory earlier this week against Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Brandon King and Will Mandracchia highlighted their team’s most recent outing, finishing the contest with a hat trick, respectively, while Drew Riopelle-Tyrell improved to 6-3 between the pipes.

Prior to Wednesday’s tilt with the Buccaneers, Clark scored some impressive league wins over MIT and Coast Guard Academy, as well as a non-conference victory over Plymouth State.

Clark is the first NEWMAC squad to capture 10 games this season, they’re also the top team in the league, too.

Babson, which has won back-to-back league games, will look to bump its home record to 6-1 tomorrow – Saturday’s contest is the team’s final home game of the 2017 season.

The Beavers have been quite impressive at home this spring, winning five of six contests, including a pair of wins over Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Wheaton College.

Samuel Mishkind currently leads the Green and White with 33 points on 27 goals and six assists, while Owen Allen is second on the team with 30 points on 22 goals and eight assists.

As a team, the Beavers have deposited 140 goals this spring, while collaborating for 74 assists. Christopher Aranalde has enjoyed an impressive season between the pipes, he turning aside 103 shots, while surrendering 69 goals.

Babson captured the last meeting, defeating Clark in Worcester, 14-13, thanks to a two-goal rally during the final three minutes. Scott Doten scored the game-winner with 40 seconds remaining to lift the Beavers to an exciting one-goal victory.

Mass. H.S. Lax: Walpole-St. John’s Prep To Meet In Creators Crosse Championship

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By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS) 

The 2017 Creators Crosse Championship is set for Saturday, April 22nd between St. John’s Prep and Walpole High School.

Both teams earned spots in this weekend’s championship after impressive semifinal victories today. The Rebels of Walpole edged Franklin, 11-10, while the Eagles of St. John’s Prep defeated Beverly, 8-7.

Thursday’s semifinal contests were hosted by Westford Academy.

In addition to both semifinal match-ups, Lexington defeated host Westford Academy, while Masconoment beat Marblehead, 13-6.

Below is the schedule for the tournament’s final day, which is scheduled to commence at 11 a.m. The championship between the Eagles and Rebels is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

After an impressive one-goal win, Walpole boy’s lacrosse shared the exciting news of their victory with the following tweet (below):

As for the Eagles of St. John’s Prep, Phil Stacey provided an exciting final update on K.J. Sarni, who went ‘Rip City for the game-winner!’

Saturday should be a fun day of lacrosse!